- 14 years old
- Date of birth: Jul 16, 2001
- Date of passing: Jan 18, 2016
- Place of passing:
|May your adventures in heaven and the infinite keep you happy and busy until we meet again. Love forever, Mommy, Daddy, Michael and Matthew|
This website was created in memory of our beloved Brandon, born on July 16, 2001 and passed away on January 18, 2016. May his memories live with us forever.
We share with you his life story and the happy memories we have in the form of photos and videos in the next pages. We encourage all of Brandon's family and friends to share stories, happy memories, photos, videos, songs and any other tribute here.
"Hi Brandon! Missing you like always :)) my phone battery is on 3% and I need to sleep (it's 12:17AM I know that's early for you but )because HAHAH PSATS tomorrow :) (wish me luck on the math section!!) I just wanted to say hi because I really missed you and APAC volleyball is tomorrow !! I Remember when you came back from your volleyball tournaments you couldn't stop talking about the amazing time you had and the outrageous things you did there as well. Also!! Parent teacher conferences are coming up ! This time last year : You, Alex , Damien, Ellis and I snuck away from school and hid from our parents to eat Chinese food and climb rocks! Then someone decided to skip and fall and you ran to 7/11 and got a WHOLE 12 pack of tempos and of course in your other hand you had a can of Sprite. I miss you and wish I could talk to you about conspiracy theories again on skype !
Lots of love and sending hugs !!"
"Hey man, I hope you're doing well. My life has really undergone some changes lately, but I'm happy with where I'm at. I think about you every day, and I miss you so much.
All my love,
I hope all is going well. We're all missing you, and I know there are so many people down here are living for you, and doing everything with you in their thoughts.
I hope you are happy wherever you are.
I'm really missing you here on the other side of the world. I was pulling an all nighter on a science project and couldn't help but laugh thinking about how we would sneakily stay up to play league and work on "science projects". I love you Brandon.
Hope you have and are having your share of snacks, and eating all the foods you never could before.
It's been an extremely long 9 months but none of us have forgotten about you. You come up pretty often and we all miss you so so much. I'm visiting HK in November and it's going to be so hard not seeing your contagious smile and laugh again, but I've already thought of some ways to be sure to remember you while I'm back.
I miss you so much Brandon, but I'm sure you're doing well up there. Drink lots of sprite and eat lots of fries!! :)
How you doing? Wrote to you a couple weeks back and wanted to check in on you. Past month has been really tough for me and I would just find myself saying "What would Brandon tell me to do?". I really miss your positivity and constant support for everything.
As Calvin said, we are working on the tree situation with Ms. Fine. We will definitely keep you updated on that. Also this week we are going to APAC! I'm really excited and I can confidently say we wouldn't be the team we are today if it wasn't for you man. Thank you for everything.
We also took APAC portraits with your name written on our arms to show how much we value our 13th player <3.
I miss you more than I can ever express. We'll talk soon. <3 <3
It's been a while bro. School has started and everyone's putting their faces back into their books. Life has been moving on its own, but I still miss you. The tree situation has been halted because Ms. Fine has to ask Mr. Brayko and Mr. Hurworth for permission, so we'll have to wait for their response. I also went to the volleyball tryouts at the beginning of the year, and I think if it wasn't fencing, I would have tried to make one of the teams. I'll keep you updated on that tree, because after all, it is yours. <3
Miss and love you man, see you soon.
Just got back from China Cup today (I made it to varsity by the way!). You were in our thoughts every second of every game. I couldn't help but remember all the amazing volleyball memories we have shared. I remembered how you were constantly there to support me and help me improve every single day. I can't even begin to thank you for everything you have done for me.
We wouldn't have put up the great fight that we did in Beijing this year if it wasn't for you, our 13th player. It definitely was awful not having you physically present with us on the court, but I know that you are always going to be here with us every step of the way. I miss you loads bud. I'll talk to you again soon.
<3 love you
Our school just got back from volleyball China Cup in Beijing today. The teams did pretty well, but I couldn't help thinking of you and your mad pancaking skills (or vb skills in general I guess) :) It felt wrong not having you there and I, along with everyone else, missed you so much! I hope you're doing well! :)
"Hey Brandon, really missing you right now man. Thought of you when I was buying some sprite today. School's started, they have an insane volleyball team and I have no doubt you would have carried them to state if you played. Talk soon -Nate"
"Miss you and think about you all the time Brandon. You're still making us smile.
Love you always,
I wrote here about a month ago but I just wanted to check in again. I miss you so much and I think about you everyday. I hope you're doing well! :)
"Hi Brandon !
It's almost been a month since school has started! You've been on mind every day and recently I've been thinking about you even more because I've started taking the laps around the fish pond again :) I hope there are some ponds up there so you can take laps and laugh about fish as well !!!! Just for your information, I've started buying my own "cardboard" rice crackers so when I see you again maybe I can give you some of mine for a change??
I love you and miss you so much Brando!
Not a day has passed where I haven't thought about how much I miss you. Whether it's playing a video game, solving a math problem, or anything between, I always think how it would be different if you were around. I was just studying for a math summative, and I looked at my skype to see if anyone could help me solve a problem. There sat your name on my Favourites list, prompting me to look through all of our chats with each other. I wish you were still around to share your much valued thoughts with me. I really miss a genuine, smart, funny, and athletic friend like you, for me to admire and learn from.
I hope you're doing well wherever you are now, and hope that I can see you again one day.
Love you and miss you <3
"Dear Brandon, I held you in my arms for a moment in 2001. You were not impressed and spit up all over me! Your mom's smile looks a little different now, but it's still very beautiful. Shine bright and twinkle often, look after those who miss you so very much."
Just wanted to say you've been on my mind a lot and I miss you! I'm really missing our summer volleyball & fries sessions at the club :( Hope all is well with you.
I've been thinking of you! Even though it's been a long 7 months the great memories that I've shared with you are fresh in my mind. I smile every time I remember how you used to save a seat for me in the start of every religion class, defending my spot from our other classmates. I start school in the US just 2 weeks from now, and though I'll physically be away from Hong Kong, you'll be with wherever I go.
Lots of Love
"Hey Brandon, sorry for the late note but Happy Birthday! Sucks I can't celebrate your date with you but I know you're still happy. Stay strong fam!"
Happy birthday! I remember going to see Pitch Perfect 2 for your birthday last year and how we joked around the entire time about my present for you :) Wishing I could've spent yesterday with you too, but I hope you had an amazing day filled with lots of Sprite, vanilla macaroons, and fries!
I love and miss you so so much.
"Happy Birthday Brandon!
I still remember that night where we had some steak and you brought some grape flavoured-soda that we substituted for wine! :) It’s been quite a while, but I still miss you dearly Brandon. I hope that wherever you may be, you are at peace. Love you"
Happy Birthday my baby. Hope you liked the flowers we left yesterday. We moved out of HK in time to make it to Palo Alto for your annual bday bbq. We all voted and decided we would keep the tradition so we can celebrate your life. Miss you so much. But like Ms. Ho says, believing is seeing and I believe. Keep tab of all your adventures so you can share them with me one day. Be good like you've always been wherever your soul leads you.
Love forever, mommy"
Happy 15th birthday! Your brothers, Mommy and I flew into San Francisco on Friday night so that we could spend your birthday on Saturday at your cousins' house, as we normally do. We started Saturday by visiting you and then having a BBQ with all your cousins and aunts and uncles.
I miss you so much and think of you everyday. Although I get sad from time to time, I try to focus on all the happy memories we had. You have touched many people's lives in your 14 1/2 years on Earth. We are blessed to have had you in our lives.
Continue to look out for all your friends and family from where you are.
Happy birthday man! Sorry I'm a little late havent been keeping up with my HKIS email anymore ;). Miss you so much everyday, thank you for always inviting me to celebrate your birthday with you and I'm so sad that I wont get to celebrate with you anymore. I love you so much, hope you had a great day, drink lots of sprite:)
So much love,
"Happy Birthday Brandon,Volleyball seasons coming up soon for me,I hope you're proud of me that I took your advise to keep pursuing it.I want to thank you for everything that's happened these past few months.Because of you I got to meet your amazing Brother whom not only made me a stronger person,but gave me the drive to be better.When I talk to him,It feels like i'm talking to you,you guys are so similar that it feels like you're standing right by him keeping him safe.I hope you're doing well,don't be too mad that your brother's still a boosted animal, eventually he's gonna achieve so much more than our expectation exceeds us.Goodbye Brandon and remember,I'm still looking up."
Happy birthday man. I really wish we could celebrate it together. I'll make sure to eat some of those rice crackers you always had on you. It's been a while and everybody still misses you. I bet you're a special kid even in heaven. Thought and prayers go out to Lin family
"Thinking of all of you, Lin family, as you go through this one of many "firsts". My heart aches for you but I know that you will also have many fond memories of this day and will hold onto those dearly. God bless you all."
Happy Birthday! We celebrate your life today - it was a beautify gift to us all. So glad we connected for part of it.
Missing you, buddy."
"Time is passing by quickly, and everyone seems so busy with their lives but you are not forgotten, Brandon. You are brought to mind often. I am remembering you today on your 15th birthday and praying for your sweet family, who I am certain are missing you SO much. I am praying that God's presence and help would literally be tangible to them and bring them tremendous comfort, especially today. Brandon, God's peace can transcend our understanding of crazy situations that just make no sense, and so I pray, 'Lord, would you give this kind of peace to the Lin family today? Amen.'
From your MS religion teacher, one who believes in the seemingly unbelievable. Remember from class that I always say 'believing is seeing'? - With love and prayers from Mrs Ho"
"Hey, Brandon. Is it weird to say that even though I didn't even know you that well that I still think of you every day. That I think of what you favourite games must have been and the kind of ice cream you liked to eat or if you were here what would you be doing. Would you have liked me? Like, my own little imaginary friend. But I know that I will never know the real you. It makes me so upset that I couldn't have gotten to know you who knows maybe you could have been my best friend and I was. I have started to try making new friends. School friends are more difficult but I'm getting better. I hope. I want to say that I miss you but I don't think that would be the right thing to say because I only know you from my imagination or from brief moments of interaction (that I can't remember are real or not) So maybe I'll just say that I miss. I miss my real possible best friend. Most likely I sound crazy so I'll wrap this up. Bye. (PS appreciate the Ed Sheeran song)"
"Happy birthday Brandon! You're no longer the freshie on the team! :) I miss you and I don't know what I'll do without you when volleyball season starts. Hope you're doing amazing wherever you are and have a great day!"
"Happy birthday Brandon!
Thank goodness for skype notifications! I miss you so much, every day. You still pop up in my head at random times, and you're still there at the end of the day in my memory. It's days like these when I'm caught in a confusion of emotion. I still have dreams that I get to see you, and the only nightmare I have is waking up, and realising it's not real. Like so many others, I miss you. Just writing this has put a frog in my throat. Your story has not ended, and the love you shared continues to write pages in our books. We love you, and we miss you.
took me a while before I could bring myself to do this. Although its almost been 6 months, I miss you so much everyday. Im sure you're having a great time up there...anyways, Happy Birthday btw...I miss you :(
I miss you so much everyday but I'm sure you're doing great up there. I'm off to volleyball camp tomorrow and I remember last summer when I told you I was going to camp, you kept wanting to practice at the club and were constantly giving me pointers! :) Really missing your positivity and cheeriness & could really use all your pointers right now but I know you're watching down on all of us! You haven't been forgotten.
Love you always,
still missing you everyday and there's nothing I wouldn't do to go back and see you even once more just to feel your energy, see you smile, or watch you excel in everything. i Love you Brandon and I think about you every day. look after your parents with their move as that's a difficult time for them. don't forget about us because no one has forgottwn or stopped loving and missing you. have a great time up,there and have fun until we talk again.
so much love,
It's been nearly 6 months, and I still think about you on the daily. I miss you dearly, and the time that I've had without you has been especially difficult, but I know that you're in a better place. I hope you're doing well up there.
I miss you so much. I love you forever.
"Brandon, thank you for sharing your voice, your smile, your energy, and your love of music. Your friends and I are blessed to have learned from you and made music with you. You will never be forgotten."
Missing you so much, I can't believe that it's already the end of the school year! Hope you're doing well,
I only briefly said hi to you when I visited during winter break, but we should've spent more time together during that day. I remember the few times I slept over at your house, and the times we'd do our service projects at the recycling center together. I remember you letting me sleep in your bed while you slept on the window sill, telling me about how you were an insomniac so it didn't matter where you slept.
I hope you appreciated my friendship a fraction of the amount I appreciated yours.
How are you man? It's almost finals now and we're quite busy, but me and a few others have been contacting Ms. Fine to get a tree planted on the island for you. I'm not sure what tree you like, but we will definitely get the most beautiful tree in the world. :)
We all miss you a lot, take care. <3
"It's already June! How are you doing? I hope you are doing great.
I miss you so much. I sleep with your dinosaur every night! Have I told you that I named it Volleyball? Anyways... I just wanted to say that I miss you a lot, and I love you very much! Take care!"
Took me a while to bring myself to write this but thank you for having been a great friend for an incredible three years of my life. Whether it be our skype calls where we'd discuss everything from science to religion to literature, or during 8th grade grad where we were able to escape the loudness of the party and just talk and be introverted together for almost the entire night. Your drive and competitiveness during track and field has been missed and I was so happy to be a part of the team with you. Not to mention the constant help and support you gave me as you were such and incredible friend while I was having troubles and I really wouldn't have been able to complete the first semester of humanities without your essay writing help. Late at night when everyone else has gone offline, I reminisce our old conversations in which the subject would grow deeper as the night went on, and thank you for being one of the few people who shares my peculiar sense of humour. You haven't been forgotten at all and I hope that everything is okay.
"Miss you Brandon, could really use your constant happiness and positive energy right now, take care up there."
I really miss you. I hope you're doing well up there. I finally made that donation :)
Lots of love
I hope you've had lots of sprite and chicken nuggets and have been playing lots of volleyball! I still think of you everyday and I miss you so so much but I know you're up there watching down on us :)
Love and miss you everyday,
"Sorry this post is a little late, couldn't really bring myself to write something.
Can't believe it's been almost 8 months since I last saw you. Just kidding, unless you count that religion class Skype session. And those rare Snapchats that actually had your face in them. I like to think you're helping me get through senior year from up there. Did I tell you I got into college? I'll make sure to register for volleyball classes ;)
I hope that wherever you are, you're content and living a life full of Sprite, and that your allergies are gone so you can eat all of the foods you've wanted to eat (fried chicken!).
You've had such a positive impact on my life, and I'm so glad I met you during that short but amazing 3 day tournament.
Your 누나 is always thinking about you, love you so much"
I've been thinking about you everyday.
Remember that song we sang in Amis? Set Me As a Seal Upon Thine Heart? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAgct9yKgxI) I sang that with my choir and even had a solo. Rehearsing it everyday was so difficult for me. Even though it should have been healing to sing a song from an amazing memory with you, I can't help but focus on the part saying that you are still gone. Just thought you might want to know. Miss you so much.
<3 Love you forever, Brandon
"Love is as strong as death"
How are you? I bet you're doing well. I still remember in Chinese class when you, me and Ka Ming sat together, and I would go on my phone and Winnie Wang forced me to sit at the front :)
Miss you lots,
I've been thinking about you a lot, I know your doing great up there. I love and miss you so much.
I'm back! It's already May! How are you doing? I miss you so much and miss those video calls... I love you so much!!! I miss you everyday, but I know you are having a great time, and you are always watching/with me. I love you lots and lots and lots!
It's been a while and I miss you loads. I hope you're having a good time up there with unlimited vanilla macarons and sprite :). Even though we just met this year, I still remember when we talked and played league and when you beat me as zed.
Love you lots, and don't forget that all of us do."
I missed you on my birthday! I think you brought springrolls last year, or maybe soda. You're with me everyday, and I miss you everyday.
I think about you every day, and miss you so much. I hope your doing well up there :)
I'm back! How are you doing? I miss you so much. Just staring at your HKIS sweatshirt and the dinosaur makes me feel like you are right here next to me.
Right now, I just want to say I love you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! I love you! :)"
I didn't write here too long ago but I just wanted to say hi again. It was weird visiting HK last week and not seeing your contagious smile and hearing your laugh but I'm sure you're doing well :) I really really miss talking to you about anything and everything but I know that you'll always be here with us.
Love & miss you always,
"Hey, I miss you a lot. I love you so much"
"Hey Brandon, It's me again. My last APAC was a great experience, and I guess a lot of the reason had to do with all of the fun I had with your team on the final day. I'm just writing here to let you know that I just recently had a request to try out for an NCAA volleyball team, so I guess you were right when you told me that our match against each other wouldn't be my last. I have been, and will always be playing this game knowing that I would make you proud doing so. You will be missed.
I miss you so much. I'm pretending that you're still the guy sitting next to me in Humanities class, where we made bonds that would last forever and ever. I really wish you were still here, I really do.
"A day hasn't gone by where I haven't remembered you. I miss you so much everyday Brandon, but I'm sure you're doing well :) Lots of love."
I've been thinking about you, I hope you're doing well! I miss you loads.
"Hey Brandon! We are going to interim tomorrow and I really wish you were here with us. I miss you a lot. You were, and will always be my favorite freshman! :) I hope you are doing great. Missing your big bright smile so much"
"Hey Brandon. I don't believe in an afterlife, but if there is one, then I hope you're doing well. You were an amazing person. So bright, talented, and kind. It is truly unfair that you had to leave us so soon. I'm glad I had the privilege of knowing you. Rest in peace. "How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.""
"So much potential. Such a positive attitude. A free spirit. Brandon, you were one of those athletes that gets coaches excited about the possibilities. Our time together was short and intense, yet it was filled with many positive memories. All APAC as a freshman. You rocked!"
"Brandon the last time I see you it was 8 years ago! Now im here in taiwan with the Yuan's family, I thought that have chance to see you , but then I heard this sad news. Anyway now I know you doing well ! Your such a nice little boy I know , miss u brandon !
To your Dad, Mum and brother's im sorry to your lost . Promise time does heel..miss you brandon."
"Alice, I promise you time does heel. I hope in time you can accept this unfathomable loss and find peace. “Every cloud has a silver lining.” There is always a hopeful and a comforting prospect in the midst of difficulty. You are not alone. Sending you my love and know prayers are surrounding your family."
"Brando ! Every night when I watch everyone go offline on gmail or skype, I still wait for you to go online so we can stay up all night like we always do :) I love and miss you so much it is absolutely unreal. Thank you so much for being there for everyone and bringing joy to all of our lives by just laughing! I have you so much to tell you Brandon! But don't worry, I'll save that all for when I see you again :) LOTS OF LOVE"
"Brandon heaven now has another shining star to look down on your family. You will always be in their hearts and minds."
"Brandon, thank you for all of the amazing memories and laughs we've shared through sports, homework, and just hanging out. You've guided me through so much and I can't thank you enough for that. I miss you everyday, and you will forever have a special place in my heart. My love and prayers go out to the Lin family."
"Hey Brandon, I didn't get a chance to really get to know you, but it was nice to have played a bit of volleyball with you as an alum. To the Lin family, Brandon is awesome at volleyball, and you'll continually be in my prayers!"
"Brandon, what am I going to do without you. I'm going to miss not being able to do the things that we planned to do together rooming next year at APAC and China Cup, or just doing anything volleyball related. I miss being able to just talk to you about anything or just fool around with you. Thanks for being one of the most respectful, kind, silly, athletic, chill, smart, and talented friends I know. I hope you're doing great! I miss you."
"Miss and love you so much, not a day goes where I'm not thinking about you. Hope you're doing well."
"Not a day goes by where I don't think of you and all the good times we had. From Chinese classes since fifth grade to PEAK in sixth and everything in between. There've been too many fun times to count but I feel absolutely blessed to have been able to share them with you. Thank you for all the joy you brought into everyone's lives. I'll love and miss you forever."
"Brandon is in good company, among the angels. I know he will be watching over his Mom and Dad and his brothers. Gone but not forgotten."
"Hope you're chillin' and having a good time up there. We all miss you."
"Brandon, I will pray for your happy rest in heaven... you left us and specially your family too early but I am sure God loves you so much that he wanted to have you near Him. My heart is with you~!!!!"
"Wished we knew each other much earlier Brandon.. I am appreciated that you spend times with my boy-Leo over basketball at your place in Singapore which was a sweet memories for us. You will be missed and live in our heart forever."
"Hey Brandon, miss you man. 8th grade science with Mr.Rohrs was so fun and I will cherish those moments with you. Love you bro. Hope your doing well"
"I miss you and love you soooo much Brandon!! I hope you are happy and well up there. I miss playing volleyball before PE with you and Damien!! I also miss running away from your serves/spikes, even though they still really freak me out!! You were an incredible, caring, and funny friend. Thanks for letting me be a part of your life. I love you!❤️"
"I miss you so much, Brandon. I hope you are doing well. I'm praying for you, your family and your friends every single day before I eat, and whenever I can. I think about you and miss you every day. I go through the conversations we had on Facebook and Skype whenever I miss you, and they remind me what a kind, a nice and an amazing guy you were. I've also gathered my favourite messages that you sent me into one word document because they always make me smile and laugh - maybe I'll share some here haha. I love you so much. Please show up in my dream, at least once, so we can watch a movie like we've promised before. I know we will meet again someday, until then, please don't forget me, and listen to me talking to you. I'll probably visit this website and leave messages everyday.. I miss you and I love you."
"I hope you’re doing well, love and miss you."
"Never got to say goodbye. You were the best man. Goodbye."
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